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Quebec City’s 66th Winter Carnival a picture-perfect event

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin

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Everyone was invited to visit Bonhomme Carnaval at home in his Ice Palace.

 

MNBAQ reveals the world of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) recently opened a new exhibition featuring a selection of outstanding works by history’s most celebrated painter couple, Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. She was a committed artist and female role model. He was Mexico’s foremost muralist painter.

Shannon’s Winterfest Saturdays are filled with fun

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Shannon’s Winterfest is back for a 13th edition, and this year it will extend the enjoyment of winter enthusiasts with not one, but four Saturdays of activities, giving residents of Shannon and the surrounding area a unique opportunity to come together to enjoy the pleasures of the season.

White carpet for the opening of Quebec Winter Carnival

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Mother Nature rolled out the white carpet for the opening ceremony of the Quebec City Winter Carnival, followed by the Pepsi Hip-Hop Party at the Ice Palace on Feb. 7. Bonhomme Carnaval and hundreds of carnival-goers welcomed the blizzard with open arms. Thick snowflakes blanketed the site, increasing people’s energy and adding to the magic of the Ice Palace.

Lots of rhythm, lots of fun at the Winter Carnival Parade

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Cold temperatures, crowds, floats and horns … symbols of the Carnaval we all know and love. By midday on Feb. 8, traffic was being diverted from Grande Allée. Floats, costumes and props were lined up along the fence of the Plains of Abraham, creating an anticipatory magical buzz in the air.

Art and all that jazz at the MNBAQ

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

A very unusual concert took place in the auditorium of the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) on Feb. 7. You had to be a pretty determined lover of art and jazz to venture out in the winter storm that had been raging outside all day, and – most of the seats in the auditorium were filled.

Art and all that jazz at the MNBAQ

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

A very unusual concert took place in the auditorium of the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) on Feb. 7. You had to be a pretty determined lover of art and jazz to venture out in the winter storm that had been raging outside all day, and – most of the seats in the auditorium were filled.

Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier Fête de l’Hiver gives warm welcome to Bonhomme Carnaval

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Photo: Lise Lafond

The Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier Fête de l’Hiver was held on Feb. 1. This annual winter festival is a very popular family event with a variety of outdoor activities. Mother Nature was on our side, making the day even more enjoyable.

Highlanders and friends gather to celebrate the birthday of Scottish bard Robbie Burns

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Photo: Lorie Pierce

In 1801, five years after the death of Robbie Burns, nine of his friends gathered in Scotland to give testament to the poet’s life and works. Since then, annual gatherings take place on Jan. 25, the anniversary of Burns’ birth in 1759.

A pioneer of the Romantic movement in literature, Burns was celebrated last Saturday night at the Garrison Club in Old Quebec.

A full house and stage for an amazing concert at the Grand Théâtre

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The stage of the Grand Théâtre was filled to capacity on Jan. 22 and 23 as the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, augmented for the first time by Les Violons du Roy, presented Igor Stavinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) – a revolutionary work in the history of music and dance. The monumental work required the presence of an impressive number of instruments on stage.

Cookshire’s Pine Hill Farm: The land, the people by Winston C. Fraser

B OOK REVIEW

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Photo: Photo of book cover by Shirley Nadeau

Winston Fraser has done it again! His latest book about his family’s history of settlement in the village of Cookshire in the Eastern Townships, launched in early December 2019, is a tale of determination and continuity that dates back to thousands of years before his ancestors settled on the land, then inhabited by First Nations people.

Joe Lonergan to launch his latest book, A Natural Affair

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Local author and retired teacher Joe Lonergan is ready to launch his second book, A Natural Affair. Readers may recall his first book – Shamrocks in the Maples – which was published in the fall of 2014.

Feds give $500,000 for Impérial Bell theatre upgrade

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Photo: Peter Black

One of Quebec City’s most antique theatres is getting the most modern production technology as part of a million-dollar upgrade.

The wait is over to audition for QAC’s production of Wait Until Dark

Famous thriller play takes to the stage in May

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

The Quebec Art Company is embarking on yet another ambitious theatrical production. Recent shows have taken audiences to a Jewish village in Russia (Fiddler on the Roof ), a revolving set for an English manor (Noises Off ), a seedy New Orleans tenement (A Streetcar Named Desire), and the streets of Jerusalem (Jesus Christ Superstar).

QCT has cameo in cross-border comedy "Super Troopers 2"

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Photo: Peter Black

You’d have to be quick or lucky to spot it, but the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph has a minor role in a popular comedy feature film that’s been streaming on the Crave movie channel.

Les Rhapsodes Christmas concert features brass and organ

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Christmas concert by Les Rhapsodes at the Palais Montcalm on Dec. 14 was billed as Cuivres et orgue pour Noël, with music from Handel to Bing Crosby as “fireworks” for the holidays.

Cirque’s ultra cool Axel is a rock show on ice

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Photo: Danielle Burns

For the second time, the Cirque du Soleil has created an on-ice show that mixes circus arts and acrobatics with skating (Crystal was the first Cirque show on ice). Axel is touring Canada and the U.S. and made its way to the Videotron Centre in Quebec City from Dec. 12 to 15.

Angela Morgan exhibits Snow, Pearls and Lemonade at Beauchamp gallery

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Colourful works of art by British Columbian Angela Morgan are on exhibit at the Beauchamp gallery on Rue Notre-Dame at the corner of Côte de la Montagne in Lower Town until Jan. 12.

Lions basketball teams can’t stop winning; hockey also on a roll

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Photo: hockeygods.com

The CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence (SLC) Lions basketball teams, of the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ), have deleted the word “defeat” from their vocabulary, after their resounding victories over the Titans from Cégep Limoilou on Nov. 29.

Fiddler on the Roof story still current a century later

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Photo: Danielle Burns

The Quebec Art Company (QAC) was keen to present Fiddler on the Roof, one of the best-known musicals in the world, after learning actor Michel Blackburn (who portrayed Jesus in the QAC’s 2018 production of Jesus Christ Superstar) had always wanted to play Tevye, the softhearted main character.

Fiddler ready to take to the roof

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Photo: Normand Brassard

Featuring a dazzling set, a first-rate cast, unforgettable songs and a moving story compellingly told, the Quebec Art Company production of Fiddler on the Roof is a must for lovers of musical theatre. It opens Thursday, Nov. 21, for a limited seven-show run.

Bravo for Bravi Productions’ Gypsy!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Let me entertain you” is one of the key songs of the famous musical based on the 1957 memoirs of the famous burlesque artist, Gypsy Rose Lee (real name Rose Louise Hovick). And Bravi Productions’ version of Gypsy certainly entertained audiences at the Théâtre Petit Champlain on Nov. 15 and 16.

Game and Toy Show attracts people of all ages

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Board games, video games, blocks, escape-room games, figurines, memorabilia and everything in between was on display at the Centre de Foires over the weekend. On Nov. 16 and 17, the Game and Toy Show was packed. Ten thousand people of all ages came last weekend to try out all sorts of games, most of which were technology-free.

Quebec City expands New Year’s bash to four days

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Photo: 3E

Drawing on the success of previous New Year’s Eve parties on Grande Allée, organizers have created a four-day year-end bash called Toboggan featuring some popular music acts.

It’s a bit like the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ) in winter, as one would expect from 3E, the same folks who organize the wildly successful summer music festival.

Angèle Dubeau and La Pietà pulsate with energy

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Angèle Dubeau and La Pietà – her all-Canadian female string ensemble – mesmerized the audience with their passionate, pulsating music at the Palais Montcalm on Nov. 9 as they played excerpts from their most recent, and 44th, album, Pulsations.

Robert Lepage’s appearance at Literary Feast worth the wait

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Photo: Dylan Page courtesy of Morrin Centre

Quebec City’s world-renowned playwright, actor, film and stage director Robert Lepage was the much sought-after guest speaker at the Morrin Centre’s annual Literary Feast fundraising dinner on Oct. 30. Literary Feast organizers had invited him a number of times, and finally their persistence paid off.

Drop in for a Brew: Of Taverns and Men at the MCQ

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

People often look back fondly on simpler times. The latest exhibit at the Musée de la Civilisation, Brew: Of Taverns and Men, explores that very subject.

Did you say French opera? presented by Tempêtes et Passions

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

In the quiet after the storm last Saturday evening, lovers of romantic opera music gathered at the Chapelle du Musée de l’Amérique Francophone to hear Tempêtes et Passions lyrical singers perform excerpts from well-known 19th-century French operas.

Club Musical takes audience away to 19th-century Paris

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Club Musical de Québec opened its season at the Palais Montcalm on Oct. 7 by taking a full house on a sublime excursion into 19th-century Parisian music and poetry.

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